ASEM / FSEM Workshop: Learning From Your Students' Writing
June 15, 2016
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
+ Writing Due on June 17
$500 honorarium for completing the entire workshop.
How do students perform on our writing assignments?
And what do we make of it?
This workshop will address these questions by having participants look at a particular assignment in their FSEM or ASEM course, then analyzing how two or more students actually completed that assignment. You learn ways to analyze your students' writing and to apply what you've learned, either in assignment-making or teaching strategies. You'll also have written a short article. Most importantly, you'll get a chance to learn from other ASEM faculty.
To participate in the workshop, you'll need
1. A writing assignment you're willing to share and analyze from an ASEM or FSEM course that you taught in 2015-2016.
2. At least two student writings in response to the assignment. One of the writings should be a relatively strong piece, while the other should be "less successful" or "average" (but not weak or bad).
3. To be able to participate in a three-hour workshop from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15. Alas, you'll need to be able to commit to the entire time.
4. To be able to devote at least 3 or 4 hours to complete a piece of writing between the end of the Wednesday workshop and Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm. This writing will a) present your assignment and explain what you hoped students would achieve; b) explain strategies that the students used, citing aspects of the responses you analyzed; c) have a conclusion about implications, including any changes you might make on this or other assignments. (You'll receive further instruction.)
5. Be willing to have your writing read by other workshop members. We will invite participants to develop their writings for further campus publication.
Participation is open to 20 faculty. We'll accept folks on a first-come/first served basis, with a couple of considerations. It's desirable to have a disciplinary mix (not 20 English professors, engineers, or economists) and some mix of ASEM and FSEM folks.
Join us as we showcase student work at COMPosium, an annual spring event where we highlight student writing and research in a multimodal showcase. This year we'll be featuring works in all stages of the writing and research process. Join us May 18th from 3:30-5:00pm in Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (AAC 290). Light refreshments will be served.
writing the range conference
Writing the Range: The Next Ten Years
The University of Denver's Writing Program is pleased to announce Writing the Range: The Next Ten Years, a day of interaction on scholarship, pedagogy, and the profession with a special emphasis on issues concerning the future of the front range writing community. Featured in this day-long symposium are keynote talks by Dr. Cheryl Ball and Dr. Kate Vieira, a research and pedagogy forum, and dynamic roundtable sessions.
April 29, 2016
Hosted by the University of Denver's Writing Program
For questions on the day of the event, please contact Blake Sanz - 303.408.0151
Directions to Campus and Parking Lot "L"
From I25: Exit onto S. University Blvd (exit #205). Continue south on S. University Blvd. Take a right onto E. Asbury Ave. Once you park, Anderson Academic Commons is located less than a quarter mile directly south, just on the other side of Evans Ave. Here is a map of campus with Lot L and Anderson Academic Commons (26) circled.
You must have a permit to park at the University of Denver. A permit should have been emailed to you upon registration. If you have not been emailed a permit, please contact Lauren Salvador at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-871-7448.
You must print the emailed permit and bring it with you to access our designated event parking area. Lot L is a parking structure north of Ricketson Law Building, with entry off East Asbury Avenue. The barcode on the permit will give you access to the lot when you scan it at the gate. To prevent ticketing, display the permit on your dashboard, and avoid parking on the Recreation level.
Instructions for RPNF Participants
You should come to RPNF prepared to talk about your ideas/research/issue for about 5 minutes and bring copies of a one-page handout for each member of your table (4-5 people). You will have time to receive 10-15 minutes of feedback from your group. What participants choose to put on their handout varies quite a bit - some bring an assignment sheet, an assignment sequence, a research synopsis, or a research plan and short bibliography. It's completely up to you what you'd like to include on your handout, but consider what might be most useful or illuminating for your group to be able to take with them when the day is over.
Instructions for Roundtable Speakers
If you are speaking on a roundtable, please limit your individual presentation to 5 minutes. After all speakers present, the remaining time will be dedicated to questions and conversation with the audience. The rooms will have projector capabilities – please let the moderator know before the roundtable begins if you'd like to use the projector.
You can download the program or view it on the conference website.
Author Talk: d.t. max
Author Talk: D.T. Max
D.T. Max is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the best selling author of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. Max's portrait of this literary legend was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle and many others. In it, Max chronicles the life and untimely death of a man with a brilliant mind and an anguished soul, who gave us one of the masterpieces of modern literature: Infinite Jest. The portrait of David Foster Wallace in Every Love Story is a Ghost Story was assembled from interviews with family and friends, hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts, and audio tapes. D.T. Max gives us not just the genius, but the man himself.
D.T. Max is also the author of "The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery." In this fascinating investigation of prions - ordinary proteins gone awry that result in strange and fatal neurological illnesses - Max tells tales from an Italian suffering from sleeplessness to Mad Cow Disease to cannibalism, deftly weaving spellbinding storytelling with exhaustive research.
Along with his two books, D.T. Max has contributed to the New Yorker since 1997, and has been a staff writer since 2010. He has worked as the books editor of the New York Observer, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a food reviewer for Paper. A graduate of Harvard, Max now lives in New jersey with wife, two children, and a rescued beagle who came to them with the name Max.
For more information on D.T. Max please visit his website.
Twenty Years After Infinite Jest
7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 23
Anderson Academic Commons
The Writing Program and the English Department are co-sponsors of this event.
Open to students, faculty, and the public. Light refreshments will be served.
the tie that binds adaptation
Carol Samson, a faculty member of The University Writing Program, has adapted Kent Haruf’s first novel, The Tie that Binds, for stage performance at The SteamPlant Theatre in Salida, Colorado. Haruf was a resident of Salida. He died there in November 2014, and over the winter this year, an arts organization, The Friends of the SteamPlant, asked Carol to adapt a piece of Haruf’s writing as a celebration of his work and as a benefit for the Haruf hospice organization, Sunset Home. While his late novels had been staged by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, she was pleased to acquire the rights to adapt his first novel, The Tie that Binds, winner of the PEN/Hemingway award. She adapted the work into a two-hour theatre piece that will use 10 actors and 88 slide projections to tell the story of Edith Goodnough, a woman raised on the eastern plains of Colorado in Haruf’s imagined town of Holt, Colorado. The novel is part Faulknerian gothic, part parable, and part cultural study. It is a poetic treatment of the land and the people who framed eastern Colorado, farmed in treeless and sand-filled acreage, and endured.
COMPosium is a celebration of First Year Writing and Research. There will be two 1-hour long Poster sessions (in which students from Spring WRIT courses will present their work through posters, podcasts, interactive presentations, etc.) separated by a 1-hour long Live Presentation session.
The event will be held on May 14th, 2015 from 3-7 pm in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290.
Conversations in the disciplines 2015
The University Writing Program announces its annual roundtable conversations about faculty research and writing practices. Professors from diverse disciplines at DU will each give brief informal presentations about recent research projects, their research methods, and their writing approaches.
The event will be held on April 23rd from 6:00-7:30 pm in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290. A moderator will ask a few questions, then open the floor to audience members. The event will be particularly useful to students in WRIT 1133, 1633, or 1733, but the entire campus community is welcome.
Student Writing awards and writ large launch
This is a dual celebration of exemplary student writing. First, the University Writing Program will honor and recognize students nominated for our Writing Awards. Then, WRIT Large will launch the new issue of our annual journal. This will include a panel of published authors and a Q/A.
Event will be held on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 from 5-9 pm in Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290.
Writing in Public 2015
The Writing Program is happy to sponsor its 2nd annual "Writing in the Public" event on Tuesday, February 10, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall. This event invites our first-year Writing Program students to expand their notions of writing past the academic sphere as invited speakers Dylan Scholinksi (Visual Artist, Memoirist, Author); Sarah Plummer Taylor (U.S. Marine Veteran, Health Coach, Author) and Kim Manajek (Denver Botanic Gardens Associate Director of Exhibitions, Art, and Interpretation) discuss their writing processes as public intellectuals.
See flyer here.
Writing in FSEM: A Faculty Symposium
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Chan Room (AAC 284), Anderson Academic Commons
We invite up to 20 DU faculty who are teaching First Year Seminars during fall 2014 to participate in discussions related to student writing. Faculty will receive a $200 stipend for participation.
Please apply by November 24, 2014.
Faculty Publications in 2013-2014
The University Writing Program faculty have published extensively this past academic year. Publications include book chapters, creative works, academic articles and books. Click here for a complete list of faculty publications from the 2013-2014 academic year.
Writing the Range Conference
Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons
A day of conversations about about scholarship, pedagogy, and the profession with keynote presentations by Jessica Enoch and Scott Wible.
Please RSVP by October 31, 2014.
Faculty Workshop: Quantitative Research and Writing
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Chan Room (AAC 284), Anderson Academic Commons
On November 6th, the Writing Program hosted Dr. Becky Powell (Department of Geography) and Dr. Michelle Knowles (Department of Chemistry) to discuss quantitative research methods and how they applied to writing in the university (which included discussions of assignment types, similarities and differences amongst the disciplines, and how our course goals could help students transfer their writing knowledge/abilities from our classes to advanced classes in the quantitative fields).
FSEM COMPosium: The Early Works
FSEM COMPosium: The Early Works
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons
The University Writing Program invites FSEM classes to present their work at the second annual FSEM COMPosium, a celebration of first-year student writing and research, to be held on Wednesday, November 5, from 5:00–7:00pm in the Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Space. The COMPosium will showcase and celebrate the variety of student writing generated in FSEM sections over the course of the quarter. We welcome all genres of writing and presentation formats: panels, powerpoints, original creative writing, research, and more. Each class will present for no longer than 10 minutes.
FSEM instructors should contact Megan Kelly to sign up for the event. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
Faculty Workshop: Qualitative Research and Writing
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Chan Room (AAC 284), Anderson Academic Commons
On October 16th, the Writing program hosted Dr. Jared Del Rosso (Department of Sociology & Criminology), Dr. Christina Kreps (Department of Anthropology) and Dr. Kate Willink (Department of Communications) to discuss qualitative research methods and writing practices across the disciplines. The rich conversation touched on issues of assignment design, scholarly ethos, professional genres within the majors, and how the University Writing Program's course goals help students transfer their writing knowledge/abilities to advanced classes in the qualitative fields.
Food for Thought
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The Loft (Room 340), Anderson Academic Commons
Please join the Writing Program faculty for an afternoon snack and information to help you make the most of your required First Year Writing classes. Do you know which writing (WRIT) class you need to take? Make sure! Did you know that you can choose from sections with a wide range of themes and topics? See what they are! Did you know that we offer sections for international students, online sections, and hybrid sections that meet once a week? Learn more! Are you hungry? Enjoy a tasty treat! For free!
Please note: FSEM faculty and academic advisors interested in learning more about the WRIT sequence and WRIT course offerings are encouraged to attend.
A Talk by Author Ted Conover
"You in the Picture: Cultural Exploration and the First Person"
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Hall
Conover is an award-winning immersion journalist, author of five books (most recently The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World) and magazine features (Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and others). For more information, please see the event flier.
Conversations in the Disciplines
The University Writing Program announces its annual roundtable conversations about faculty research and writing practices. Professors from diverse disciplines at DU will each give brief informal presentations about recent research projects, their research methods,a nd their writing approaches. A moderator will ask a few questions, then open the floor to audience members. The event will be particularly useful to students in WRIT 1133, 1633, or 1733, but the entire campus community is welcome.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (AAC 290) (view pdf flier)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (AAC 290) (view pdf flier)
Writing in the Public (Feb 2014)
The Writing Program was happy to sponsor its first "Writing in the Public" event on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 6:00-7:00 pm in AAC 290. This event invited our first-year Writing Program students to expand their notions of writing past the "ivory tower" as invited speakers Peter Banda, an AP journalist, Rachel Kleinfeld, President of the Truman National Security Project and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author and artist Dylan Scholinski discussed their writing processes as public intellectuals.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 6:00-7:00 in the Anderson Academic Commons special events room, AAC 290.
EARLY WORKS: A CELEBRATION OF FSEM WRITING
Join us for the Fall COMPosium
5:00-6:30, October 29, 2013
Special Events Room (290), Anderson Academic Commons
Writing out of Bounds (Oct 2013)
A Community Writing Center Celebration.
Join us for an evening of readings by writers from DU and from our community partners, the Saint Francis Center and the Gathering Place. Refreshments will be served.
6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2013 in The Loft (AAC 340). View PDF flier.
A Conversation with Hampton Sides (Oct 2013)
Journalist and Writer
11:00 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2013 in the Chan Room (AAC 284) View PDF flier
Food for Thought... about First Year Writing
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Driscoll 135 (behind Jazzman's)
Please join the Writing Program faculty for an afternoon snack and information to help you make the most of your required First Year Writing classes. See pdf.
2013 INSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCED FSEM AND ASEM FACULTY WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: CURRENT RESEARCH AND BEST PRACTICES
June 17, 19, and 21—with homework
$1000 honorarium for participants
The University of Denver Writing Program invites DU faculty from all departments to participate in a week-long institute on student writing in content courses. Our focus will be on writing in general education courses such as FSEM and ASEM. The Institute, which will be led by Doug Hesse and other writing program faculty, is open to any DU professor who has taught FSEM or ASEM in the past two years and who plans to teach either course again in 2013-14.
Participants will read selected current research and teaching practice in writing across the curriculum. They'll meet three times, three hours each meeting, to discuss readings, discuss their courses and matters related to writing in FSEM and ASEM, and share work in progress. And they'll complete a brief writing project (about 5 pages) related to their course or to a topic related to student writing.
Participants who complete all elements will receive an honorarium of $1000 paid July 1.
For more information, please see the announcement flyer.
Selected Past Events
COMPosium, May 9, 2013
- April 16, 2013
- April 17, 2013
National Day on Writing, October 18, 2012